Fear of a Trump planet

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Fear of a Trump planet

By John Ruberry

Unless you have been liv­ing in a spi­der hole with­out access to a com­puter or a tele­vi­sion, you are of course aware of the Don­ald Trump phe­nom­e­non. With­out spend­ing much money, his or any­one else’s, the real estate bil­lion­aire has vaulted to the top of the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial polls.

Whether he is a genius or a crack­pot genius remains to be deter­mined, but The Don­ald finds him­self in a rare posi­tion – he is recre­at­ing the polit­i­cal process in a way that mir­rors the ascen­dancy of Andrew Jack­son and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But the Repub­li­can polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment is either indif­fer­ent or hos­tile to Trump. No sit­ting Repub­li­can mem­bers of the US House or the US Sen­ate have endorsed him. Nor have any statewide elected offi­cials. Trump for the most part eschews spend­ing money on polit­i­cal con­sul­tants, in fact he spends more cash on base­ball caps, shirts, and yard signs than on “expert” advice. His spend­ing on TV ads has been a pit­tance com­pared the expen­di­tures of other candidates.

Trump has made a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial state­ments, sev­eral of which he has par­tially walked back, such as his call to halt Mus­lim travel into the United States. But in that instance, Trump has made Mus­lim immi­gra­tion and our weak vet­ting of poten­tial ter­ror­ists into a major polit­i­cal dis­cus­sion point.

The polit­i­cal novice enjoys a rare gift – by address­ing the polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, Trump alters it.

The rul­ing classes, Demo­c­ra­tic and Repub­li­can, dis­like change and they abhor dis­rup­tion. But the GOP needs to embrace Trump – even if he fails to win the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for president.

After all, there is no one more skilled to attack Hillary Clin­ton, the likely Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­nee in 2016, on such issues as the Beng­hazi killings and the “It was a video!” canard, the rise of ISIS, the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion slush fund and for­eign­ers buy­ing access to her, Clinton’s pos­si­bly ille­gal mis­use of clas­si­fied data, and her hypocrisy of being a defender of women while her hus­band is a ser­ial sex­ual abuser of them.

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Like it or not, Amer­ica is trans­form­ing into a Trump-​ified nation. And if he becomes pres­i­dent, it will be to some extent become a Trump planet.

My advice to the GOP estab­lish­ment is that you should hop on the Trump train now – or you will find your­self under it.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Unless you have been living in a spider hole without access to a computer or a television, you are of course aware of the Donald Trump phenomenon. Without spending much money, his or anyone else’s, the real estate billionaire has vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential polls.

Whether he is a genius or a crackpot genius remains to be determined, but The Donald finds himself in a rare position–he is recreating the political process in a way that mirrors the ascendancy of Andrew Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But the Republican political establishment is either indifferent or hostile to Trump. No sitting Republican members of the US House or the US Senate have endorsed him. Nor have any statewide elected officials. Trump for the most part eschews spending money on political consultants, in fact he spends more cash on baseball caps, shirts, and yard signs than on “expert” advice. His spending on TV ads has been a pittance compared the expenditures of other candidates.

Trump has made a number of controversial statements, several of which he has partially walked back, such as his call to halt Muslim travel into the United States. But in that instance, Trump has made Muslim immigration and our weak vetting of potential terrorists into a major political discussion point.

The political novice enjoys a rare gift–by addressing the political situation, Trump alters it.

The ruling classes, Democratic and Republican, dislike change and they abhor disruption. But the GOP needs to embrace Trump–even if he fails to win the Republican nomination for president.

After all, there is no one more skilled to attack Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee in 2016, on such issues as the Benghazi killings and the “It was a video!” canard, the rise of ISIS, the Clinton Foundation slush fund and foreigners buying access to her, Clinton’s possibly illegal misuse of classified data, and her hypocrisy of being a defender of women while her husband is a serial sexual abuser of them.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Like it or not, America is transforming into a Trump-ified nation. And if he becomes president, it will be to some extent become a Trump planet.

My advice to the GOP establishment is that you should hop on the Trump train now–or you will find yourself under it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.